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"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." So said Henry James. And for good reason: afternoon tea is one British tradition that everyone can get excited about. Delicate finger sandwiches, indulgent cream cakes and delicious miniature puddings all washed down with a pot of warming tea – or a glass or two of bubbly if you’re feeling flush – what’s not to love!? Check out our pick of some of the best spots in Cardiff for afternoon tea...

Pettigrew Tea Rooms, Bute Park, Traditional Afternoon Tea 
Pettigrew Tea Rooms has established itself as a firm favourite among Cardiff visitors and residents alike. Set inside the Castle Walls at the entrance to Bute Park, the unique setting is perfect for a spot of afternoon tea. Don’t feel guilty for indulging: you’re in the perfect place to walk off those extra calories with a stroll around our beautiful Bute Park. 

Mansion House, Traditional Afternoon Tea 
Originally home to James Howell, founder of the famous department store in the City Centre, the Mansion House offers unrivalled opulence and sanctuary for events that are a little more special. Experience a warm Welsh welcome at Cardiff’s most prestigious city retreat, feast on a traditional afternoon tea (£15 per person - minimum of 2 people) and enjoy a tour of this resplendent Grade II listed building.  

St David’s Hotel and Spa, Champagne Afternoon Tea 
Voted in the top 10 hotels in the UK in the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, the global award winning St David’s Hotel & Spa is the only AA rated 5 star hotel in Cardiff and provides a luxurious backdrop for an extra special afternoon tea. St David’s Hotel boasts some of the best views in the city thanks to its waterfront location, overlooking Cardiff Bay. Expect a beautifully presented display of finger sandwiches, seasonal cakes and pastries including homemade scones and Welsh cakes with a choice of teas and a glass of bubbly (£29.95 for champagne option). Delicious and decadent. 

Sunflower & I, Cardiff Bay, Traditional Afternoon Tea 
Sunflower & I is tucked away on a back road in Cardiff Bay. The idea behind it is to combine flowers, music, and art, with beautiful interiors to create a relaxing and inviting space. Set in an old bank, the building comprises an independent flower studio, café and bar and the décor is just as important as the floral arrangements and food and drink they serve. We’re certain that when you visit you’ll want to keep this hidden gem to yourself  

Barker Tea House, Castle Arcade, Traditional Afternoon Tea 
Located in the Castle Arcade, Barker Tea House is a hipsters paradise -very cool, very relaxed, very vintage. Sink into a comfy leather chair and take your pick from an extensive selection of teas including the exotically named Aphrodite herbal tea and gunpowder green tea. The afternoon tea portions are generous and include a huge slab of their famous cakes such as the mouth-watering chocolate Parma violet cake (£17.50 for 2 people and £19.50 for 1 person). 

Park Plaza, Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea 
And now for something completely different, if you’re looking for an alternative to cupcakes. The Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea offers a twist on the traditional swapping finger sandwiches for mini venison burgers and scones and macaroons for chorizo Scotch eggs and Sirloin stuffed Yorkshire puddings. It’s definitely not just for the gentlemen either – if you’re looking for something a little more substantial but still want the sophistication of an afternoon tea experience, this is the one for you (from £19.95 per person) 


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